Park City is the one winter destination that truly lives up to Utah’s famous slogan, giving its lucky visitors a glimpse at a “life elevated.” It is no wonder the town keeps people coming back time and time again to re-experience the many exciting activities that it has to offer. Located a mere 32 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and its major international airport, Park City’s attractions are easily accessible whether one is visiting from a neighboring state or another country.
A world-class skiing hot spot at an altitude above 7,000 feet, Park City is home to three major ski resorts, namely the Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The ability to ski and snowboard three of the resorts that rank among the nation’s top ten (according to Ski magazine’s readers) is unparalleled. Offering easy access via state-of-the-art lifts, diverse terrain for all skill levels, and immaculately designed and well-kept runs with lots of personal attention, these resorts will provide days of fun on the slopes. With no need for parking or shuttles, a convenient triple lift on Main Street transports people right to the Park City Mountain Resort.
With the Deer Valley and Park City Mountain resorts having played a major role in the 2002 Winter Olympics as the event’s major ski and snowboarding locations, Park City remains a home to the U.S. national ski team. Visitors enjoy free admission to the Utah Olympic Park, a year-round competition and training ground for both recreational and high-performance athletes, to observe world-class athletes in training. One may visit the Alf Engen Ski History Museum and the 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum, take part in a bobsled race, or learn how to steer your own skeleton or luge. On Sundays, the Park offers ski clinics for intermediate-level skiers.
The town atmosphere is perfect for relaxation after enjoying a day on fresh Utah powder or a full day of kicking back for the non-sportsman in all of us. With its Old West-style storefronts, a stroll on Main Street still gives one the distinct feel of a late nineteenth century silver mining town, with upscale restaurants and fashion boutiques providing a touch of modern luxury. Among familiar contemporary cuisine, many fine restaurants offer Western classics such as bison and pan-seared trout.
A culturally rich town, Park City is the main location of the largest independent film festival in the United States, the Sundance Film Festival that takes place annually in January. If visiting at another date, one may channel the glory of Sundance by dropping by the historic Egyptian Theater on Main Street for a variety of live performances such as concerts and comedy acts. Mingling with the warm and friendly locals adds to the experience.
Park City is a town deeply rooted in history, transformed into a world-class mountain resort and emerging cultural center. A truly a magical destination for winter sports enthusiasts, there is none better for memories of a lifetime.
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